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Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:

Mon 1st to Fri 5th Aug 2016: Skelton Rangers Summer Playscheme (sold out)

Summer bushcraft and nature playscheme for 8-12 year olds

Click here for tickets!

This playscheme is ALL about getting outside and we aim to be out in the fresh air for most of the day, every day!

Past events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor games, nature study, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

A week long playscheme with loads of healthy outdoor fun and games, from 9am 'til 5pm each day

£150 for five full days

Earlybird booking £130 by 21st April!!

"My daughter says this was the best week of all the summer holidays! She made friends, bows and arrows, campfire food and some wonderful memories. As a parent I can't thank you enough for your kind, caring staff who were great fun and engaged our kids in such a brilliant week of activities. "

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Sun 14th August 2016 11am-4pm: Practical conservation activities and social with Friends of Skelton Grange

Come and join us for a day outdoors working on the beautiful Skelton Grange site. A range of activities to suit all abilities, bring some food to share! Drop us a line to let us know if you are coming so we have plenty of tea and biscuits....

Sun 14th August 2016 10am-4pm: Wildflower Art Lino Printing Workshop with Kirstie Williams

Thanks to Grow Wild, a Big Lottery project, we are creating a wildflower haven at Skelton Grange for pollinating insects. As part of the celebrations and awareness raising, Kirstie Williams is running a wildflower themed lino printing workshop from 10am to 4pm. The workshop is free, but we ask for a deposit of £10 to secure your place, which will be refunded on the day. Due to the nature of the tools involved, the workshop is for adults.
You can book and pay your refundable deposit via eventbrite where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

Weds 31st Aug 2016: Into The Wilderness (for 10-14 yrs) (sold out)

2 day adventure with 1 night sleepover for 10-14 year olds - Click here for tickets!

Set in beautiful private woodland near Leeds, two packed days of woodland crafts, games, campfire cooking and the opportunity to build your own shelter and sleep out in it.

£75 for two days and one night - kids can be dropped off between 8-10am on the first day, and collected between 4-6pm on the second day.

DBS checked, fully risk assessed and run by experienced leaders. If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk
 

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend two days in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling, environmental games and general mayhem! Past Into the Wilderness events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Fri 9th September 2016: Willow Deer workshop with Phil Bradley

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. Click here to make a booking!

During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own and all materials and tools will be provided.

Feedback from last time :

A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth.

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided.

You can book via eventbrite where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Sat 10th September 2016: Willow Sheep workshop with Phil Bradley (limited spaces)

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course.

Click here to make a booking.

During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own and all materials and tools will be provided.

Feedback from last time :

A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite or visit our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.
 

Sat 24th September 2016: Wire bird workshop with Chris Moss (limited spaces)

Having admired the work of Yorkshire wire sculptor Chris Moss at a number of exhibitions over the years, we are thrilled to welcome her to Skelton Grange Environment Centre to lead a workshop for us! During the day you will learn to create a wire sculpture of your very own such as a duck or chicken, and all materials and tools will be provided. Click here for tickets.

Feedback from our other workshops :

"A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment."

And to see examples of Chris's beautiful work on her website, please see www.chrismossart.co.uk

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

Weds 26th Oct: Bushcraft Basecamp (for 8-13 yrs)

This day is designed for all children aged 8-13. We will focus on having fun and learning basic skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and knife work, plus we'll play plenty of games!

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit.

Past Bushcraft events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-13 year olds: The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

For your diary, more details soon!:

Sat 8th October 2016: Skelton Grange Big Green Weekend Open Day

Thurs 27th & Fri 28th October 2016: Zombie Adventure

Monday 19th - Thurs 22nd December 2016: A Winter's Trail

Spring 2017: Skelton Grange 25th Birthday!!!

Thurs 11th May 2017: Nature Play for Early Years

Encouraging imaginative play in the natural world - click here to make a booking

Playing in and with nature is an excellent way to support all the types of learning and development in the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

This course looks at:

The benefits of Nature Play
Managing Risk – how to manage risk and the difference between good and bad risk
How to enhance opportunities for Nature Play in your school grounds / local area
Encouraging independent and creative play and exploration
Ideas for activities that will encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment
How Nature Play meets the requirements of the new EYFS framework

Previous participant feedback:

“Fantastic ideas for age group”... “Good balance of hands on ‘doing’ and listening/ discussion. Clear links made about how many of the activities help children to develop general learning behaviours and skills needed for wider curriculum learning.”

Cost: £105 plus VAT per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Do you want training for all your staff? We will happily run any of these courses just for your school – cost £700 + VAT! Or £500 + VAT for a 2.5 hour after-school twilight session (March – Oct are the best months). Please contact the centre for details.

Custom made courses for your school or organisation

We deliver INSET training for teachers and early years professionals, either in your own school or children's centre setting, or at Skelton Grange. Current courses include; Raising Standards by Teaching Numeracy & Literacy Outside; Making the Most of your School Grounds; Environmental Games; Nature Play for Early Years or for Childminders. We can design and deliver custom made courses just for you. Courses can last a whole day (£750) or half day/twilight session (£500).

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.

As much as we love dogs here at Skelton Grange, we appreciate that not all participants may be comfortable around them so we operate a no dog policy for our events.